Trooper I David Hunter O'Brien

Trooper I David Hunter O'Brien

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, December 14, 1991

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David Hunter O'Brien

Trooper O'Brien died from injuries he sustained in an on-duty automobile accident nine days earlier. Trooper O'Brien suffered severe leg damage when he lost control of his patrol car and veered into the path of a truck.

Trooper O'Brien had been with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 18 months. He was survived by his wife, parents, sister, and brother. While in the hospital that he had made Trooper of the Year. Trooper O'Brien's brother also served in law enforcement with the North Charleston Police Department.

In 2007, state officials renamed the Garden Corner intersection, at the junction of U.S. Highways 17 and 21, the “Trooper David Hunter O’Brien Interchange".


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 5, 1991

automobile accident

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David, our short time together as classmates in patrol school you were a great friend. I will never forget your sacrifice or our time in patrol school. Thank you for your service to our state. May God bless your family.

D.S. Chapman, former SC Trooper
SCHP Class of 1990

January 28, 2022

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